January 11, 2008

Just a Fool

Sally is your average teenager. She's short and sweet, and loves to laugh, and likes to read, and has a lot of friends, and likes to network online, and enjoys a good movie, and is a good babysitter.

And she is an abolitionist.

Last year, Sally saw the movie Amazing Grace, and it changed her world. She visited the movie's website, which led to further research (yeah, she's in debate, too) and connected with something deep inside her. She learned of the 27,000,000 people living in slavery today. She learned of the 1,000,000 new children sold into sex-slavery yearly. She learned of the horrors of brothels and sweatshops and sugar and cocoa and coffee fields. And she decided that it was wrong to sit back and do nothing.

At the age of 15, when most teenage girls are concerned with clothes and boyfriends and sending the maximum allotment of text messages, Sally, too, is concerned with clothes--Where did they come from? Who made them? Are they paid fair wages for their work? Her research led her to a dead-end; there were no avenues for teenagers who were further interested in pursuing making this world a better place.

Sally started her own organization.

Clapham Sect: Phase II (CSP2), named after William Wilberforce's original Clapham Sect in England, exists to equip young people with the tools necessary to fight modern day slavery in their own communities and around the world. Sally has spoken to and with teens in numerous settings, helping them to see the incredible difference that they can make. She has organized concerts and fundraising campaigns and awareness campaigns.

In a world where teens seem to only get negative press, Sally is a good story.

In a world that is driven by consumption and greed, Sally offers a voice of hope and reason.

In a world that teaches us to ignore the poor, oppressed, the people on the side of the road, Sally is just a fool.

And if being a fool means doing small things with great love, and trusting God with the details, then Sally's all for it.

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